Politics, Economics, and Religion


Politics, Economics, and Religion

Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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What is the purpose of life?

An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 24, 2017 at 4:25pm

The administration seems to have taken on the internal dynamics of a middle-school run by the Borgias.
--Charles Pierce

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 24, 2017 at 12:31pm
Comment by Daniel W on January 24, 2017 at 11:52am

Jennifer, I agree with you about that too.  We can hold CNN and MSNBC accountable by not watching them when alternatives are available.   I suppose we should also tell them that, and why.  If they know they are losing  viewers, maybe they will change.  Actually they don't care about me - I am not the demographic they seek.

Comment by Jennifer W on January 24, 2017 at 11:10am
@Daniel W
CNN, MSNBC and most mainstream media actually has more to blame, IMHO over alternative media. In the election, they gave Trump over a billion dollars of free media for ratings and hedge all of their eggs for Hilary, who was intensely corrupt, had no platform and spoke down to voters. They didn't cover WikiLeaks and overall corruption, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and acts like a lot of news did not happen.
Comment by Grinning Cat on January 24, 2017 at 10:36am

On tRump's declaration of a "National Day of Patriotic Devotion":

"There is no freedom where the people do not believe in it; no law where the people do not follow it..."

Mr. President*, take a good long look at yourself in the mirror with those words in mind!

(Also, "and no peace where the people do not pray for it." Quite an about-face from President Obama who explicitly recognized nonbelievers!)

And yes, I'm adopting the suggestion to adopt sportswriters' notation when some record is tainted by circumstances such as doping. Given the very questionable election, tRump will always be an asterisk president.

Comment by Daniel W on January 24, 2017 at 9:12am

To be honest, I don't even know what Snapchat is.  But what they are doing sounds laudible at first read - fighting clickbait and fake news.

I keep saying we should avoid twitter until they come up with a way to do that.  Twitter is the mouthpiece of you-know-who, with a format that does not allow actual context.  140 characters is enough to inflame, gaslight, or proclaim, but no way to have a meaningful discussion.  Facebook was a major source of fake news that some think influenced the election - I think so - but they say that despite their billions in profits, they can't come up with a way to avoid it.

Maybe, Snapchat Discover, buy directly targeting clickbait and fake news, and stating that they want to keep away from those abusive practices, might give users an alternative to those slimy practices that coarsen discourse and harm democracy.

This is an example of what I keep wanting to promote - positive changes and alternatives that will help rebuild credibility and empower people.  I can't say much more about Snapchat, or whether they are a good company or good product, but that action gives me some hope.  It's nice to have something uplifting in the news to report.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 24, 2017 at 7:41am

So Drumpf wants us to be patriotic?  He'd better fasten his fuckin' seat belt!  Try a few of these quotes on for size, Donnie:

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.
― Benjamin Franklin

One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
― Albert Einstein

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
― Theodore Roosevelt

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
-- Thomas Jefferson (allegedly)

And there's LOTS more where those came from!

Comment by Joseph P on January 24, 2017 at 7:28am

Many of the founding fathers would have thought so, at any rate.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 24, 2017 at 7:23am

Somehow "patriotic devotion" ought to be an oxymoron.

Comment by Joseph P on January 24, 2017 at 7:05am

Well, the wording of this proclamation isn't at all creepy:




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